James A. Kelso died at his home, 258 West Morton avenue Tuesday afternoon at 5:35 o'clock.
Mr. Kelso had always enjoyed good health and when he was stricken with illness last October, members of the family were not without apprehension. From this illness, however Mr. Kelso seemed to make complete recovery and it was but two weeks ago that he suffered an attack of pneumonia which proved too much for his strength and which resulted in his death at the hour stated.
Deceased was born near Canton, Ill., August 17, 1837. He followed the occupation of farming for many years in Logan county. He retired from active farming several years ago. Nine years ago he removed to Jacksonville which has been his home since.
Mr. Kelso was a man of unassuming manner and quiet mien, possessing at the same time a strong sense of right and justice and a readiness to help which marked him as a kind neighbor, a loving father and a true friend. He had been a professing Christian since youth and passing years did not take away from his early faith, nor dim his perception of the good which lies in every man.
Mr. Kelso was twice married. His first wife was Miss Mary J. Morris, who died in 1872. He was again married in this city in 1908 to Sarah Thompson who survives. He is also survived by two sons, Ennis E. Kelso of this city and E. A. Kelso of LaPorte, Ind., and two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Hobbs of Enid, Okla., and Mrs. Mary Russell of Lincoln.
Funeral services will be held from the residence, 258 West Morton avenue Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in charge of the Rev. M. L. Pontias, pastor of Central Christian church. Burial will be in Diamond Grove cemetery.